By Noel Whelan

8th Jan, 2022 | 9:00am

Pundit issues Rangers claim after seven-figure update on Celtic bid to sign Boyle

Noel Whelan has tipped Celtic to use their “pulling power” to lure Martin Boyle away from Hibernian this month.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old is one of the “best players” in the Premiership right now.

As reported by the Times on Thursday (6 January), Hibernian are expecting Celtic to table a bid for Boyle this month and have slapped a £3million price tag on his head.

The Hoops are reportedly long-term admirers of the Australia international.

The report claims an Abu Dhabi-based side have also registered their interest.

However, Whelan suggested the lure of Celtic could tempt Boyle into a move to Parkhead.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s no different to what they’ve done many times before. They go in for what they know.

“Players you watch week in, week out over the years, over the seasons. They see them progress, become that player that you thought they would do.

“Again, it’s that pulling power of the two Glasgow giants that you know have the equity and have the money. Who doesn’t want to play for Rangers or Celtic in the Scottish Premiership?

“It’s like playing for Manchester City or Liverpool or Chelsea right now. You know that you’re going to be winning something every single season and challenging.

“They have that that pulling power to bring the best players away from other teams in the Scottish Premiership.

“Yes, it’s harsh, but that’s just the way of the world. It’s a circle of life, unfortunately. The bigger fish will eat the smaller one.”

Boyle has been a standout performer for Hibs since joining on an initial loan from Dundee in 2015.

He has scored 63 goals and contributed 53 assists in 264 appearances to date.

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